|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1862/06/15|
|Scope & Content||
June 15th, 1862
My dear Sir,
Your very kind letter inviting me to paint your portrait, I fully appreciate. It has found me in the midst of a picture and sketches which I would like to finish (or nearly so) before I commence your likeness. I have no studio in N.Y. City-but have one at Stony Brook. I have a Portable Studio, my own design, at Port Jefferson which I am using at the present. For the sake of my health I board at Setauket and walk to Port Jefferson every morning (dinner in basket) a distance of two miles over a hilly road. Your portrait I can paint at some friends house in the City. Or, at Stony Brook,
or at your residence at Peekskill (if the windows are of good height, a foot higher
than you can reach with your hand will do) or, I will paint it at Port Jefferson, if you can spare the time to visit that place for recreation.
Mr. Townsend's portrait I painted at his residence on Staten Island.